How do I Make Crochet Doilies & Table Runners?


Crisp ruffled crocheted doilies and table runners make elegant accents for showing off candy dishes, flowered centerpieces and serving pieces. Even a beginner can crochet doilies to use as sachets for potpourri or table runners for decorating. Using simple patterns and mercerized cotton crochet thread, the lacy doilies and table runners you crochet today may become the cherished heirlooms of tomorrow.

Things You'll Need

  • Size 10 crochet cotton thread
  • Steel crochet hook in size needed for gauge
  • Mild laundry detergent
  • Liquid starch or stiffening solution
  • Large zipper-top plastic bag
  • Padded board
  • Plastic Wwrap
  • Rustproof T-pins
  • Check your gauge against the gauge specified in the pattern by crocheting the stitches in the pattern with the specified thread and hook. Measure your stitching against the pattern gauge to see if it matches. If your stitching is larger, use a smaller crochet hook. If your stitching is smaller, use a larger crochet hook.

  • Make chain stitches for the foundation row as stated in the pattern instructions. Insert the hook into the first chain and slip through to join. Work in the round, increasing stitches regularly to keep the doily and table runner flat.

  • Add a crocheted ruffle to the doily and table runner by working multiple pattern stitches within each stitch, as specified in the pattern. Work the ruffle for several inches to create the desired fullness.

  • Finish the doily or runner by joining the last stitch in the round. Cut off the thread to leave a 4-inch tail and tie a tight knot. Thread the end of the tail through the needle and weave the tail in through at least 2 inches of stitches. Cut off any remaining tail.

  • Wash a doily or table runner by hand in mild detergent and warm water. Squeeze out excess suds and rinse several times in cool, clear water without wringing or twisting. Place crochet work and stiffener in a large zipper-top plastic bag. Massage and knead to saturate the threads thoroughly. Add more stiffener, if needed. Remove air by pressing the bag as flat as possible. Close the bag and let it stand for 15 minutes.

  • Remove crocheted pieces and lay on a padded board covered with plastic wrap. Pin to the desired shape using rust-proof pins. To make crisp ruffles, stuff crumpled balls of plastic wrap under each ruffle and pin on either side. Allow the doily or runner to dry completely.

Tips & Warnings

  • Start with basic crochet doily and table runner patterns to get comfortable with the abbreviations and stitch techniques. These patterns usually come in one size. You might enlarge them by adding more rows.

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